December 2022

“Remember, a book is always a gift.”

—Sheridan Hay, The Secret of Lost Things

New Book Spotlight

When a new family moves into the apartment below her. In spite of herself, Ninety-one-year-old Gretel Fernsby can't help but begin a friendship with the little boy, Henry, though his presence brings back memories she would rather forget. One night, she witnesses a disturbing, violent argument between Henry's beautiful mother and his arrogant father, one that threatens Gretel's hard-won, self-contained existence.

All The Broken Places moves back and forth in time between Gretel's girlhood in Germany to present-day London as a woman whose life has been haunted by the past.

Blackwater Falls is the first in a timely and powerful crime series, introducing Detective Inaya Rahman.

Girls from immigrant communities have been disappearing for months in the Colorado town of Blackwater Falls, but the local sheriff is slow to act and the fates of the missing girls largely ignored.

Detective Inaya Rahman and Lieutenant Waqas Seif of the Denver Police are recruited to solve Razan’s murder, and quickly uncover a link to other missing and murdered girls. Delving deep into racial tensions, and police corruption and violence, Blackwater Falls examines a series of crimes within the context of contemporary American politics with compassion and searing insight.

It's the Last Party. At midnight, one of them is dead. By morning, all of them are suspects.

It's the party to end all parties….but not everyone is here to celebrate.

On New Year's Eve, Rhys Lloyd has a house full of guests. 

But by midnight, Rhys will be floating dead in the freezing waters of the lake.

On New Year's Day, Ffion Morgan has a village full of suspects. The tiny community is her home, so the suspects are her neighbors, friends and family—and Ffion has her own secrets to protect.

With a lie uncovered at every turn, soon the question isn't who wanted Rhys dead…but who finally killed him.

Hoopla has you covered with everything you didn't know you needed.

Hallmark Movies?

Recipes for Holiday Cocktails?

Christmas Comics for Kids?

Steve Perry's Christmas Album?

Steve Perry has a Christmas album?

And what's Christmas without a murder or two?

Upcoming Programs

Adult Craft Night

Wednesday, December 7 at 6:30

Make your own Tomte Gnome

Call the library to register


Adult Craft Night

Wednesday, December 14 at 6:30

Join us to make

Book Page Ornaments

Call the library to register


Once again, the Ivoryton Library is collecting toys for Child and Family Agency of SE CT to distribute to children in our area.

From November 1 through December 20, please bring your new, unwrapped donations to the donation box in our lobby.

“A book has no unwanted calories and you don’t have to worry about sizes as long as the subject matter appeals to the recipient.”

—Sue Grafton, Y is for Yesterday

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Music with Ms. Martha

Get ready for movement and musical instruments!

Wednesday, December 7th at 10:30 in the Children's Room

Click here for more in the Children's Room!

Winter Break!

Monday, December 26th - CLOSED

Tuesday, December 27th - Drop in Winter Craft 2:30-4:30

Winter Gnome Friends

Wednesday, December 28th 10:30 Story Time for all ages

Thursday, December 29th - Drop in Winter Activity 2:30-4:30

Winter Scavenger Hunt

Friday, December 30th

Join Ms. Elizabeth at 11am for a special New Year's story time and party,

refreshments provided!

Great news! Ivoryton Illuminations is back!

Come to the village on Saturday, December 3 from 5-8pm

for all the fun you remember from years past.

The Library will be hosting letter writing to Santa with all the tools you need and a North Pole Postal Service Mailbox. Letters can also be dropped off at the Library any time during December. Be sure to include a return address for a reply from Santa!

We will also be holding a Used Book Sale during Illuminations. Everything $1.00!

Book Clubs

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January 17

3:30 pm

Travels with George

by Nathaniel Philbrick

January 10


Deacon King Kong

by James McBride

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December 18


Whispers Beyond the Veil

by Jessica Estevao

The Ivoryton Library Holiday Hours:

The Library will be closed

Saturday, December 24 through Monday, December 26

and Monday, January 2.

We wish all our patrons fun, relaxing holidays with plenty of time to read!

“Books make great gifts because they have whole worlds inside of them. And it's much cheaper to buy somebody a book than it is to buy them the whole world!”

― Neil Gaiman